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May 1924

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF MENTAL DISORDERS.

Arch NeurPsych. 1924;11(5):619. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1924.02190350125011

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Abstract

Starting with a brief history of the development of the science of psychiatry and methods that have been and are being followed, the author reviews the aims of mental hygiene and the importance of the social point of view. He introduces the views of White and Jelliffe on the evolutionary levels and discusses in a cursory way the meaning of the unconscious as the storehouse of instinctive and acquired automatic tendencies to reactions. But, in spite of these broader conceptions of the modern developments of psychiatry, he fails to make use of them as a guide to the interpretation of behavior reactions and the psychoses. The descriptions of the functions of the nervous system, the introductory psychology and the account of the psychoses are extremely formal and purely descriptive. No account is given of the epileptic psychoses, and the author finds it necessary to justify the inclusion of a brief

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